June 6th, 2008
10:00 AM ET
15 years ago

Details emerge from Obama-Clinton meeting

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/06/art.obamaclinton.ap.jpg caption="Obama and Clinton held a closed-door meeting Friday."](CNN) - Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Friday shed some light on the surprise meeting between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton that took place at the California Democrat's Washington home Thursday night.

“I received them. Put them in the living room in two comfortable chairs facing one another and left,” Feinstein said Friday morning. (WATCH: Obama spokesman grilled on surprise meeting)

“They talked. I went upstairs and did my work," Feinstein continued. "They called me when it was over. I came down and said ‘good night everybody, I hope you had a good meeting.’ They were laughing and that was it.”

Among the other details Feinstein divulged:

– The meeting took place at 9 p.m. and lasted about an hour.
– Clinton called Feinstein Thursday afternoon to see if they could use her house.
– Feinstein served them water but nothing else.
– No one else was in the room with them. One person from each of the campaigns went to a separate room, a study, in the house. Security waited outside.

Asked why Clinton and Obama kept the meeting so quiet, Feinstein said the two formal rivals wanted "wanted an opportunity to meet together alone." (WATCH: Gergen, Brazile, Rollins discuss the meeting)

This is a deeply personal time too," Feinstein added. "You’re sorting out your feelings. Hillary’s going to be giving a big speech tomorrow. Barack is trying to put things together for a major presidential campaign. "

"There are a lot of decompression, nerve endings, that need to come together," she continued. "I think the opportunity to sit down, just the two of them, was positive."

soundoff (253 Responses)
  1. georgia

    HRC certainly makes it all longer & more divisive & difficult than need be. Sen. Obama has been a gentleman & party/team player thru out & i'm sure he'll continue to be but HRC camp need'n't take kindness for weakness. His supporters will fight hard & long for him as well tho w/o coming off as vigilantes. She's unworthy of any offering ! Let's move forward . Obama 08 all the way !!!!

    June 6, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |

    Good for them. Good for the democratic party.

    June 6, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  3. Buddy Rogers

    I wonder if he was finally able to make her understand that HE (and not she) was going to be the Democratic nominee for President! No one else has seemed to be capable of getting through her "entitled" attitude!

    June 6, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  4. Dorothy/ NY, NY

    GREAT, GREAT let's move on.
    We have a great oppertunity to elect smeone new.
    Clinton You go girl.

    June 6, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  5. Ilene MI

    I have given my hard earned money to Obama's campaign and will feel enraged if he agrees to pay off this snake's debts she ran up during her lying and backstabbing and evil campaign. This is a nutshell is why she lost. Those of us who believe in honesty and fair play saw she has none of either. If any part of my hard earned money goes to her..I will not ever give him another cent.

    June 6, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  6. Tim

    This was a very important step in healing and we all need to take their lead.

    Dem 08/12

    June 6, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  7. arc, Lugano, CH

    The media is full of stories how Senator Obama needs to take the initiative to mend fences as much as possible with Hillary’s support base. Yet, not much is being said of the need for reparations on the part of Hillary for the overwhelmingly negative campaign that she waged; one that defeated her justifiably in the end but could have strengthened John McCain's campaign effort.

    Her deplorable actions, her false accusations and outright dishonesty should never be forgotten, much less rewarded!

    For the party come together, it is Hillary who should be making the greater effort to unify the voters of both camps, not the Democratic Nominee for President of the United States. Hillary should not be trusted (if ever again) until she repairs the damage that she caused. Then, and only then, can the party move forward to beat McCain.

    June 6, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  8. peakarach,des moines

    MCCAIN 08!

    HILLARY 12!

    June 6, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  9. Betty

    I have just one question – does she intend to flip-flop on the democrats? Her friend Liberman seems to be urging that.

    June 6, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  10. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    I think that this was a great first step....hard feelings still exist on both sides and they should not be expected to disappear over night. At the same time, our party needs to rally around our nominee and Hillary, for all of her pros and cons, will play a large role in making that happen!

    June 6, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  11. Setemup

    Obama/Albright '08!!

    June 6, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  12. ProObama

    I hope they talked about how to insure that the voting is fair this time around. The lack of a real federal plan for securing the voting process from fraud and partisan influence has tainted the last few elections. It's time to establish verifiable results using paper for every vote cast.

    June 6, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  13. TX Democrat

    Hillary Clinton needs to run on the independent ticket.

    Let McCain, Obama and Clinton run against each other in November.

    June 6, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  14. felicia

    I REALLY hope that they came to a decision about this campaign. I love Obama and I really want to see him as President. I like Hillary Clinton and would like to see the two democratic powerhouses come together.

    Clinton supporters really need to put their personal feelings aside and think LOGICALLY. If the two of them pull together we democrats can rule the White House!

    June 6, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  15. New Day

    So, to sum up, this story is just like the "Clinton and Obama meet, have 'productive discussion'" story except for the fact that Feinstein added her two cents about not knowing any details?

    Wow, that is some cracker jack reporting. 😉 kidding! You know I love you guys!

    June 6, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  16. proud army and navy mom

    So bill wasn't there.....i wonder if he refused or she didn't want him there?

    June 6, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  17. Terry, Dallas Texas

    Oh what I would have given to be a fly on the wall in that room!

    June 6, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  18. Brian Knoxville, TN

    Obama only cares about advancing himself and he's only ever proven that he is willing to do anything to do it.

    He's a wanna be at best.

    Vote YES to a moderate Republican who is qualified for the office

    June 6, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  19. AmericanHistoryDr

    If the candidates can make their peace, their supporters must do so as well. Enough with the vitriol, it is time to stop talking about sitting out the race or even voting McCain. The Democratic Party needs to heal its own house in order to take back the White House and thereby heal the nation. Yes, we can, and we shall.

    June 6, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  20. Anonymous

    Oh boy, MadTV and the late night comedians are going to have a field day with this one.

    June 6, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  21. Curtis - Marietta, GA

    Here..here! As for the bloggers and supports who will post after me, let's do the same. Some negative things have been said during the campaigns, on both sides, but there were a lot of positives too.

    So, let's talk constructively now and move forward. Let's get past our petty differences and toward taking back our country! 🙂

    June 6, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  22. joaquin

    ahhh, the economy is going down and you people still considers vote for MCbush......come on !!

    June 6, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |

    I hope that it was a productive meeting and that only good will come from it. I don't any surprises, additional disrespect or foolishness.

    June 6, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  24. Mary in CT

    Anyone who supported Hillary Clinton's candidacy based on her platform and ideas for the future will support Barack Obama in the general election.

    Anyone who supported Hillary Clinton because they saw her as a surrogate for themselves and their own struggles as women will chafe at the idea of supporting the man to whom she lost.

    Let's come together like HRC and BO have, and work to defeat McCain. The more I listen to him and read about his plans and his shady dealings, the more frightened I become. His slimy attempt to try to woo HRC's women supporters made me want to puke.

    You said you'd never compromise
    With the mystery tramp, but now you realize
    He's not selling any alibis
    As you stare into the vacuum of his eyes
    And ask him do you want to make a deal?

    June 6, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  25. The US abolishes century old clinton dynasty

    she still has not conceded.................

    go to her webiste, and you will see, she is still asking her voter to send messages that they support her, ..

    i would not trust her one minute...

    she will take it to the convention or my name is not emeralda .....la bruja..

    she wont give it up...

    see her website and you will see..she says one thing does another

    June 6, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
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